Urban Design, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Sep  2018, Pages 39-47; DOI: 10.31058/j.ud.2018.12004 10.31058/j.ud.2018.12004

From Portal to Urban Play: Contemporary China and Brazil

Urban Design, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Sep  2018, Pages 39-47.

DOI: 10.31058/j.ud.2018.12004

Elena Kilina 1*

1 Social Science and Philosophy Faculty (IFCH), Unicamp, Campinas, Brazil; School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Received: 8 October 2018; Accepted: 10 November 2018; Published: 19 November 2018

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This research builds on the conversation about the relationship between space and people, with the focus on the anthropology of space and the introduction of state of play (engagement) which in the framework of BRICS, as described in the case studies of Brazil and China. The modern colonial geographies’ viewpoint may urge us to rethink these notions with the emergence of alternative functions of some spaces, and the re-imagination of urban space by what it may be named global modernity. At the local, regional, national and global context, space is not an empty element, but is complicated mixture of social and public relations and meanings. The intend contrast between the Sao Paulo site - Parque Minhocão and Shanghai space - Redtown was to identify some key factors regarding why one space “works” for play and one does not. Redtown can be defined as the still birth of an incubator, and as such provides a means for investigating the reasons as to why it does not work as a planned arts hub, including the reasons it never worked as a site of play. The Parque Minhocão in contrast is an urban phenomenon that can be considered in the context of the urban space of São Paulo, and as a spontaneous emergence of urban construction with the planned interactions between residents in the surrounding areas, visitors and place.


Urban Space, Public Place, Interaction, Play, Visual Anthropology, Brazil-China


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